Queen Mama Donna
Donna Henes is an internationally renowned urban shaman, award-winning author, popular speaker and workshop leader whose joyful celebrations of celestial events have introduced ancient traditional rituals and contemporary ceremonies to millions of people in more than 100 cities since 1972. She has published four books, a CD, an acclaimed quarterly journal and currently writes for the Huffington Post, Beliefnet and UPI (United Press International) Religion and Spirituality Forum. Mama Donna, as she is affectionately called, maintains a ceremonial center, spirit shop, ritual practice and consultancy in Exotic Brooklyn, NY where she offers intuitive tarot readings and spiritual counseling and works with individuals, groups, institutions, municipalities and corporations to create meaningful ceremonies for every imaginable occasion.
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Are you looking for meaning, moxie, magic and
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The transition from Maiden and Mother to Queen can be a difficult one, fraught with hard lessons and lots of loss. It takes great determination and courage to confront and embrace the changes brought about by the midlife passage.
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since I first introduced The Queen as a helpful archetype for midlife women, I
have received hundreds of requests for detailed instructions on how to become a
Mama Donna," women would write, "I want to be a Queen, too. How do I access my
power? How can I feel good about myself? How do I change my life? How do I find
magic and spiritual wisdom? How do I know what to do? How do I learn how to
reality is that I cannot possibly know how anyone else will attain her
Queendom, I only know how I came into mine, and that is largely through
hindsight. The truth, my truth, at least, is that there is no one true truth.
We must each find our own way in this world.
shaman, I teach through example, but not through dictum. I can and do offer
information, exposure, personal experience, encouragement, inspiration,
suggestions and support to my constituents, but I cannot - dare not - pass
judgment or establish rules and laws. It is simply not for me to say.
When you come to me for help and spiritual guidance, I
listen to your concerns and embrace your needs. I pat you on the back, give you
a good, swift kick in the butt, or let you cry on my shoulder, as needed. I can
tell you what I did in such and such situation, how I did it, what I learned
from this or that lesson, but I cannot tell you what you should do. How do I
know what your soul needs?
Only you know what you know. I can, of course, aid you in
reaching into the well of your own deepest wisdom, and help you to hear the
messages from your best inner Selves. And I can offer tools and practices to
help you develop the confidence to follow your own purpose, path, passion and
A woman who I have been working with recently told me that I
had changed her life. "Well, no, of course, I didn't, honey," I assured her.
"You changed your own life." The fact of the matter remains that I could not
give her what was not already hers.
TURN YOUR MIDLIFE CRISIS INTO YOUR CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT!
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QUEEN OF MY SELF:
MOXIE & MAJESTY IN MIDLIFE A workshop
and ritual with Mama Donna Henes
Are you in
your middle years or about to enter them? Are you living your true potential
and following your fondest dreams? If not, why not? And if not now, when? Now
is the time to leave behind old patterns that no longer serve you and to make
way for the Queen - that wonderful midlife stage of mature empowerment that is
rightfully yours to enjoy.
inspirational evening will culminate in a Royal Coronation Crowning Ceremony,
after which you will be ready to ascend the throne of conscientious leadership,
with all the tools you need to redeem and transform your life and the whole
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A WOMAN'S GUIDE TO POWER:
CLAIM IT! EMBRACE IT! USE IT!
A Workshop and Ritual with Mama Donna Henes
We women are often afraid of our own power. Afraid to be
thought of as pushy or bitchy if we assert ourselves willfully. But wise women
wield power wisely and the planet is in desperate need of our wisdom. We have
held back long enough. We must claim our rightful duties as healers, leaders,
and visionaries. We have the whole world in our hands. In this ritual workshop,
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NOTING THE PROCESS OF THE NOTING THE PROCESS: Keeping Track of Your Transformation
A Spirit Support Skills Workshop.
Learn how to organize and make sense of the patterns
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about being successful is having someone to be glad for you."
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| It is so damn easy to
disillusioned right now. In light of the widespread
oppression, manipulation and intimidation that surrounds us today, we need to say
something. There are signs everywhere in the subways of New York City that say,
"If you see something, say something."
We Queens see quite clearly the
ills of the world - the degradation of our environment, the subjugation and
brutalization of women, the starvation of children, the abuses perpetrated by
corporate thieves and political bullies, the tyranny of terrorism, the hatred
and fighting among peoples, tribes, cultures. Poverty, hunger, bigotry.
We see it all. And we are called upon to respond. We most
certainly need to say something. And say it
clearly, loudly and with the full weight of our moral authority.
We need, in fact, to talk to everyone we meet, actually
engage on a human level with those who we encounter as we make it through our
day. Not just our families, friends and colleagues - those of presumed
like-minds - but also the shoe repair guy, the waitress at the coffee shop, the
post office clerk, the bag girl at the super market.
I once gave a presentation in Washington, D.C. about
creating peace in our world and in our lives. During the question and answer
period, a woman commented that she wished that she could drop her job and just
devote herself to working for peace." "What do you do?" I asked her. "I'm a
therapist," she replied. She surely has many opportunities every day to create
peace and positive change in her professional capacity.
Some might argue that we don't
have any choice in this upside down dangerous world and that we can't affect
what will happen. But even if we can't immediately alter the course of human
events on the world stage, we can certainly create change in our own lives and
in all of the lives that we touch. And our thoughts are the seeds of that
Use your thoughts wisely.
Understand their power. Thoughts have a tendency to become their physical
equivalent. This is one of the fundamental laws of the universe... Because it is
consciousness that creates reality, the kind of consciousness you hold - your
vibration - actually creates the kind of life you're living.
- Dr. Christiane Northrup
Thoughts become words. Spoken or
written words have the power to inform, inspire and transform. What we all have
to do from now on is to stay alert, stay centered, keep connected and most
important of all, keep talking. Talking, writing, protesting keeps the light of
truth and tolerance shining upon the hidden agendas of governments, industries,
institutions and individuals. Silence, like the dark of night, shelters
nefarious deeds. Silence forgives violence.
I have been haunted recently by
the words written by a Protestant minister after the downfall of the Nazi
regime. "First they came for the gays. I am not gay, so I didn't say anything.
Then they came for the Gypsies. I am not a Gypsy, so I didn't say anything.
Then they came for the Jews. I am not a Jew, so I didn't say anything. Then
they came for the Catholics. I am not a Catholic, so I didn't say anything.
When they finally came for me, there was no one left to say anything."
Make a statement.
Make a stand.
Make a difference.
Buck up and say what is on your mind. The more you do so,
the more empowered you will feel.
With blessings of the power of words,
is the 50th anniversary
of Harper Lee's To Kill a
Mocking Bird. Published
the Civil Rights movement, it
exposed Southern racist society
and went a
far way toward
helping to change previously
accepted attitudes of bigotry. In
most humanistic manner, it
extolled the virtues of high-minded moral values and
the courage to stand up for them.
It was an immediate bestseller and won great
critical acclaim, including the Pulitzer
Prize for Fiction in 1961. It remains extremely
popular with more than 30 million copies in print. In 1999, To Kill a
Mocking Bird was
voted "Best Novel of the Century" in a poll by Library Journal.
grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but
let me tell you something and don't you forget it - whenever a white man does
that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family
he comes from, he is trash.
- From To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926 in Monroeville,
Alabama, the youngest of four children of Amasa Coleman Lee and
Frances Cunningham Finch. Her father, a former newspaper editor and proprietor,
was a lawyer who served in the Alabama State
Legislature from 1926 to 1938. As a child, Lee was a tomboy and a precocious
reader, and was best friends with and valiant protector of her schoolmate and
neighbor, the young Truman Capote.
the law, but did not complete her law degree. In 1950 after studying for a
summer in Oxford, England, she moved to New York City, where she
worked as a reservation clerk with Eastern Air Lines and BOAC.
continued as a reservation clerk until 1958, when she decided to devote herself
to writing. She lived the frugal life of a starving artist in a cold-water flat
when she wasn't traveling to her family home in south-central Alabama to care
for her ailing father.
living in New York City, Lee was reunited with her old friend Truman Capote and
also became close with the Broadway composer and lyricist Michael Martin Brown
and his wife Joy. In 1956 the Browns presented her with an extraordinary
Christmas gift of a year's wages with a note: "You have one year off from
your job to write whatever you please. Merry Christmas."
write she did. She wrote her first draft that year and signed with the
publisher J. B.
Lippincott & Co. It took her two more years to complete the
book, which was in many ways autobiographical. Her
attorney father became Atticus Finch, who bore her father's last name. Harper,
herself, was the model for the tomboy Scout and her friend Dill was patterned
Truman Capote wrote about the character Boo Radley, "In my
original version of Other Voices, Other Rooms
I had that same man living in the
house that used to leave things in the trees, and then I took that out. He was
a real man, and he lived just down the road from us. We used to go and get
those things out of the trees. Everything she wrote about it is absolutely
completing To Kill a Mockingbird
, Lee accompanied Capote to Holcomb, Kansas, to help
him research an article for the New Yorker
about the murder of a farmer and his
family. Capote expanded the material that they gathered into his best-selling
book, In Cold
he dedicated to Lee and his longtime lover Jack Dunphy. But he failed to
acknowledge her contributions to the work. While Lee was very angry and hurt by
this betrayal, she remained friends with Truman for the rest of his life.
publication of To Kill a Mockingbird
, Lee has granted almost no requests for interviews or
public appearances, and with the exception of a few short essays, has published
no further writings.
Lee showed her
scout-like verve in her 1966 letter to the editor in response to the attempts of
a Richmond, Virginia area school board to ban To Kill a Mockingbird
as "immoral literature": Recently
I have received echoes down this way of the Hanover County School Board's
activities, and what I've heard makes me wonder if any of its members can read.
Surely it is plain to the simplest intelligence that To Kill a Mockingbird spells out in words of seldom
more than two syllables a code of honor and conduct, Christian in its ethic,
that is the heritage of all Southerners. To hear that the novel is
"immoral" has made me count the years between now and 1984, for I
have yet to come across a better example of double think. I feel, however, that
the problem is one of illiteracy, not Marxism. Therefore I enclose a small
contribution to the Beadle Bumble Fund that I hope will be used to enroll the
Hanover County School Board in any first grade of its choice.
In June 1966, Lee was named by President
Johnson to the National
Council on the Arts and In 2007 she was awarded the Presidential Medal
of Freedom by George W. Bush.
continues to live a quiet and private life in New York City and Monroeville,
where she is active in her church and community. Modest in the extreme, she
assiduously avoids anything to do with her still popular novel. I never
expected any sort of success with Mockingbird. I was hoping for a quick and
merciful death at the hands of the reviewers but, at the same time, I sort of
hoped someone would like it enough to give me encouragement. Public
encouragement. I hoped for a little, as I said, but I got rather a whole lot,
and in some ways this was just about as frightening as the quick, merciful
death I'd expected.
Harper Lee was not the first American woman to expose the brutality of bigotry. Below are several other sheroes who championed racial justice through their writing.
"Phillis Wheatley, Negro Servant to Mr. John Wheatley of Boston." Phillis
Wheatley was born in
Africa and sold into slavery
when she was about seven
years old. Her first name was
apparently derived from the
ship that carried her
America, The Phillis. She was
purchased by John and
Susanna Wheatley in Boston
on July 11,
learned English easily
and was taught to read and
write not only in English,
in Latin, as well, by her
mistress, an uncommon kindness during slave
times. She soon exhibited a talent for poetry, which was encouraged by the
first poem was published when she was twelve, "On Messrs. Hussey and
Coffin." The countess of Huntingdon, Selina
Hastings, a friend of the Wheatley's, greatly supported Phillis' craft and
financed the publication of her book of poetry, Poems. She was the first African American
woman to publish a book.
Wheatley was especially fond of writing in the elegiac poetry style, perhaps as
a continuation of the oral history and oration genres practiced and passed
along by the women of her African tribal heritage.
was a strong supporter of independence during the Revolutionary War and was
invited to appear before General Washington in March, 1776 to recite her
poetry. Phillis' popularity as a
poet both in the United States and England ultimately brought her freedom from
slavery on October 18, 1773.
felt that as long as the white population engaged in the institution of
slavery, they could never be truly heroic. Because of this issue, whites can
acceptance with th' Almighty mind
hold in bondage Afric's blameless race."
Wheatly died in December, 1784 in Boston, Massachusetts as a result of
By Phillis Wheatley
On Being Brought From Africa to America.
Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew,
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
"Their colour is a diabolic die."
Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain,
May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.
Excerpt From Eulogy to General
But how presumptuous shall we hope to find
Divine acceptance with the Almighty mind
While yet o deed ungenerous they disgrace
And hold in bondage Africa:
Let virtue reign and then accord our prayers
Be victory ours and generous freedom theirs.
The Little Woman Who Started the Great War
American writer and
Beecher Stowe was born in
June 14, 1811. She was the
seventh child of outspoken
religious leader Lyman
and Roxana Foote, a
deeply religious woman who died when Stowe was four years
enrolled in the seminary run by her eldest sister Catharine, who
established a pioneer college for women. There she received a traditionally
"male" education. At the age of 21, she moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to join her father,
who had become the president of Lane
Theological Seminary. She served as his assistant, taking an active
part in the school, and contributing stories and sketches to local journals and
compiling a school geography.
1836 she married Calvin Ellis Stowe, a professor at the seminary and an ardent
critic of slavery. The Stowes supported the Underground
Railroad and sheltered several fugitive slaves in their home.
Congress passed the Fugitive
Slave Law, prohibiting assistance to fugitives. Stowe was moved to
present her objections on paper, and in June 1851, the first installment of Uncle Tom's Cabin appeared in the antislavery journal National Era.
Uncle Tom's Cabin was published in book form in 1852. It had a profound effect on attitudes toward African Americans and slavery in
the United States. Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second
best-selling book of that century, only second to the Bible. In the first year
after it was published, 300,000 copies of the book were sold in the United
States alone. Stowe,
the 40-year-old mother of seven children sparked a national debate and, as Abraham Lincoln is said to
have noted, a war.
are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!"
book was extremely popular, and was translated into at least twenty-three
languages. Harriet used the reputation that the book won her to promote a moral
and religious resistance to slavery. She reinforced her story with A Key to
Uncle Tom's Cabin,
in which she presented a large number of documents and testimonies against
traveled to Europe in 1853 to establish a dialogue between Englishwomen and
Americans on slavery, the question of the day. In 1856 she published Dred: a Tale of
the Dismal Swamp,
in which she showcased the deterioration of a society that depended upon slavery.
establishment of The Atlantic Monthly in 1857 gave her a constant vehicle for her writings.
She spent the rest of her life as a woman of letters writing novels, of which The
Minister's Wooing (1859) is best known, and many studies of social life in the form both of
fiction and essay. She also published a small volume of religious poems, and
towards the end of her career gave public readings from her writings.
the death of her husband in 1886 she passed the rest of her life in
seclusion. She died on the 1st of July 1896 at the age of 86.
Truth was born
Isabella Baumfree (the name of
her father's owner) in 1797 in
Ulster County, New York, one of
13 children of Elizabeth and
slaves. When she was nine, she
was sold from her family along
herd of sheep, for $100.
In her new
place she suffered brutal beatings. Soon she began to find refuge in religion -
praying out loud when she was disturbed or afraid. Soon after, she was sold
again for $105. She worked in the tavern owned by her new master, and, although
the atmosphere was rough and morally questionable, it was a safer haven for
But a year
and a half later, in 1810, she was sold again to John Dumont of New Paltz, New
York. Isabella suffered many hardships at the hands of Mrs. Dumont, whom she
later described as cruel and harsh. In 1817, her owner forced her to marry an older slave named Thomas, with
whom she had four children.
New York law emancipated all slaves. Dumont had promised Isabella freedom a year
before the state emancipation, "if she would do well and be
faithful." But he reneged on his promise when he claimed that she had
become less productive after having suffered a hand injury. Infuriated, she
spun 100 pounds of wool to satisfy her high moral sense of obligation, then
escaped with her infant daughter, Sophia.
I did not run off, for I thought
that wicked, but I walked off, believing that to be all right.
She went to
work at the home of Isaac and Maria Van Wagenen. While there, she learned that
Dumont had sold one of her children to slavery in Alabama. Isabella immediately
set to work to retrieve her five-year old son Peter. Since Peter had been
emancipated under New York Law, Isabella sued in court with the aid of the
Quakers and she won his return.
time with the Van Wagenens, Isabella had a life-changing religious experience -
becoming "overwhelmed with the greatness of the Divine presence" and
inspired to preach. She began attending the local Methodist church and, in
1829, left Ulster County with a white evangelical teacher named Miss Gear. She
soon won a reputation as a remarkable preacher whose influence was miraculous.
resolved to become a traveling preacher and on June 1, 1843, she took her
vocation as her name - Sojourner Truth. "The Spirit calls me, and I must
go," she told her friends. In the late 1840s she connected with the
abolitionist movement, and became a popular speaker for the emancipation of the
slaves and the suffrage of women. Her speeches often contained personal
testimony about her experiences as a slave. Her most famous speech, Ain't I a Woman? was
given in 1851 at a women's rights convention in Ohio.
dictated memoirs, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave, were published privately by William
Lloyd Garrison in 1850. The book brought her more speaking engagements, where
she sold copies, giving her an income to augment her domestic labors.
became involved with the popular Spiritualism religious movement of the time,
through a group called the Progressive Friends, an offshoot of the Quakers. The
group believed in abolition, women's rights, non-violence and communicating
with spirits. In 1857, she moved to Michigan to join the community.
In 1858, at
a meeting in Silver Lake, Indiana, someone in the audience accused her of being
a man because she was a strapping six feet tall. Forthright as ever, she opened
her blouse to reveal her breasts.
Civil War Sojourner Truth raised food and clothing contributions for black
regiments. After the war she was employed by the National Freedman's Relief
Association in Washington, D.C. to work among freed slaves at a government
refugee camp on an island in Virginia.
she met with Abraham Lincoln at the White House. She took advantage of their
meeting by challenging the discrimination of racially segregated streetcars.
Sojourner also met Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wrote about her for the Atlantic
Monthly and penned
a new introduction to Truth's autobiography.
War ended, Sojourner Truth again spoke widely in favor of women's rights and
temperance and against capital punishment. She also campaigned for the federal
government to provide former slaves with land in the "new West" to
establish a "Negro State." She pursued this for seven years, with
In the late
1870s a procession of freed slaves began migrating west and north on their own,
many settling in Kansas. Delighted, the tireless Sojourner spent a year there
helping refugees to build new lives for themselves. She spoke in both white and
black churches to gain support for the "Exodusters." This was to be
her last mission.
grandson and companion fell ill and died, Queen Sojourner Truth returned to
Battle Creek, Michigan where her health deteriorated. She died there on
November 26, 1883, at the age of 86.
Ain't I A Woman?
Text of the
speech by Sojourner Truth, delivered at the 1851 Women's Convention in
children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter.
I think that 'twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all
talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what's
all this here talking about?
man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted
over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into
carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a
woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered
into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much
and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And
ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to
slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me!
And ain't I a woman?
they talk about this thing in the head; what's this they call it? [a member of
the audience whispers, "intellect"] That's it, honey. What's that got to
do with women's rights or negroes' rights? If my cup won't hold but a pint, and
yours holds a quart, wouldn't you be mean not to let me have my little half
that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men,
'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your
Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.
the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down
all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it
right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.
Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old
Sojourner ain't got nothing more to say.
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These letters are from women who are reaching out to our
community of accomplished Queens to give them the courage to follow their
dreams. Have you ever been in their shoes? Please feel free to offer your
suggestions, advice, experience and emotional support.
I have read what you had to say and I am one of those women
that needs the support and encouragement to rise and shine!! I will be starting
to write my first children's book and I need all the vision within me and some
insight from close and far!! It has not been an easy road over the years and
between you and me, my life is a book. I would love to count you as my new
found friend. I know that you were sent to me on this journey so we may
connect. God Bless and thank you sincerely.
- Lorraine, Ontario, Canada
Help! I am stuck. I want to start my own
landscaping business. I have the training, the know-how and the experience, but
I don't have the courage. I am terrified. I am scared of going out on my own. I
am scared that I will fail. I also think that I am afraid that I will succeed.
How weird is that? My ex-husband used to put me down and I am sure that I am
internalizing his criticisms of me. But I don't know if I can break free of my
fear. Do you have any suggestions to help me?
- Patti, IA
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your wonderful issue of The Queen's Chronicles and wanted to send you this photo
of a 3000-year old olive tree (actually the precursor to the modern olive tree)
I visited when I was in Sardegna in 2004. This Being is truly amazing, as trees
are! I've always felt a strong and deep connection to trees and I consider
myself a member of the Tree Tribe. So, in that spirit, I send along this
image of an ancient Tree Being who profoundly touched my life while I was on a
Dark Mother Study Tour guided by Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum in 2004.
Letters In Response To The May 2010 Issue:
Mary Immaculate, CO
very much for including my image in your incredible Chronicle! Trees continue
to be incredibly important in my life, so it was especially meaningful to be
included in this issue.
- C., NY
much for the fab info on Trees. I just got a large oak leaf tattoo on my back,
and am moving up to Ash Land. I love learning about the Ash more in depth.
Mama Donna for the wonderful article on the trees. They have long been an
inspiration for me for their resilience and their silent witnessing. I also
loved reading about Kimi who is working on the banner! I hope you will be
posting some photos of the finished project!
Here it is! Fabulous!
Banner by Kimi Capece
enjoyed The Queen's Chronicles about trees. Thanks,
newsletter! Just wondering when we will get you to Northern California for a
crown. Will travel! I am open to an invitation.
Letters In Response To The Queen of My Self Beliefnet
OMG, are your belief posts riveting. I get a notice and
read it first thing every day. It's so nice to get the Queen in bites, and it
reminds me every day of who I am. So much thanks. Love,
discovered your blog and am enjoying it enormously! I don't have a question at
the moment; only a few comments. As a writer and a Jungian, I too have been
writing about the Queen for years, and am in the process of looking for a
publisher for my latest manuscript. I just want to tell you how much I cherish your
unique style and congratulate you on the marvelous work you're doing for women
and society. I shall add your blog to my blogroll immediately! Much love and
to tell others how to "become" what ever the book or instructor has
told us she/he is. Yes, this is a difficult thing. When we have lived in
situations where our self-worth has already been taken away it is a difficult
thing, and to gain it back is a painful thing and one that is hard to do without
the help from others. Thank you for starting this blog. I hope to see many more
posts and lots of ideas from those of us who are Queens and close to being Crones.
I am looking forward to many more conversations.
so true! I struggle with this everyday - leaving behind the habit of always
being a mother to my child who is no longer a child and instead turning that
energy and care to myself so that I can then bring the best of who I am to my
work and also enjoyment of life. Thank you for this wonderful reminder!
interesting....I'm learning so much in the brief time you have been on this
thank you, thanks alot! I am 56 years old and still adjusting to the changes in
my body, personality, and emotional nature that occurred with menopause. These
changes for me were quite sudden and dramatic about three years ago. The
differences between me now and me then are not negative, in fact, all the
changes but a couple of the physical are positive. However, I was unprepared
for the significance of menopause. I rank it up there with childbirth as a life
transforming event. Anyway I look forward to your topic and this blog.
your blog this weekend, on the day I celebrated (dreaded!) my 50th birthday.
Somehow, your vision of the goddess as an autumnal Queen is a more empowering
transition. The fall has always been my favorite season, a transition from the
exertions of summer to the repose of winter. Maybe, just maybe, this
middle-aged stage won't be quite as bad as I had feared. Thanks!
looking forward to this blog. The Queen years are truly a time of great power
and challenge - so much life experience, energy and passion to bring to
realizing our dreams, yet so many transitions, too. I thank you for being there
for me and so many other women on this journey through your book, other
writings, events and workshops, and so many other efforts over the years.
Auspicious Occasions was my introduction to your writing, and being a
gardener, the seasons have always been my symbolic guide to life. The plane of
my life now has four supports, much more stable that way.
of mine stumbled upon your Queenly thoughts right after I told her about a
vivid dream I had in which I was wearing full Queen Elizabeth I regalia and was
announcing that from here on I would be called "Gloriana." After reading your
blog, I think you hit it on the head. I had already been coming to similar
conclusions. You just said it so much better! I am 53, in great shape, am
energetic and creative, think I am sexy, and am really ready to be Queen of my
Realm!! Thank you for your input!
also have some thoughts on women in their 50s being "tweeners" again.
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Circle of Concern
Please Offer Your
Prayers, Your Great
Your Very Best
Blessings For Healing
and Peace of Mind To:
NY; Amy, NY; Ann, NY; Annie, MA; Barbara, NY; Betty, AL; Carol, NY; Carol, PA; Cat,
NY; Chrissie, NY; Deirdre, NY; Devidam, NY; Edie, PA; Ellen, NY; Erica,
England; Gail, OH; Gail, CA; Geraldine, ID; Glenys, Australia; Jane, NY;
Jeanmarie, HI; Jill, PA; Jo, AZ; Kathy, RI; Kimi, NJ; Leslie, NY; Letitia, VA;
Linda, NY; Linda, NY; Lisa, PA; Lucia, TX; Lynne, NY; Marcia, WA; Matild Cathy,
NY; Nancy, NY; Naomi, DC; Pili, NY; Randy, MA; Reid, DE; Reynolds, NY; Sheri,
NY, Sid, PA; Shirley, IN; Smriti, CA; Susan, NY; Terry, NY; Wai, NY; and Yvette, NY who are in the
process of healing themselves from illness, accident, injury or surgery.
Daile, NY; Donna, NY; Erica, England; Kayla, NY; Lee, NJ; Lois, NY; Meryl, NY;
Nancy, NC; and
Roslyn, NJ, the caregivers who are in weary need
of care themselves.
May Their Spirits Rest in Peace:
Roberta Branchaud, NE
Bernadette Burke, ME
Lynn Canion, AZ
Sue Helen Miller, CA
Sharon Sievers, CA
Anna Siok, NY
May Virago, CA
With Sincere Condolences:
Eugenia Odell, CA
Please send your requests for physical and spiritual healing
and positive energy so that the powerful women of The Queen's Court might send
their prayers and blessings to you in your time of need.
scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the
imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion and hope."
- Ursula K. LeGuin
Where the Queens Are
June for thirteen years I have facilitated workshops and rituals at
Womongathering, an annual spiritual retreat for women. This weekend, for the
first time, I was given my own space for The Queen's Court and a full schedule
of ongoing Queen gatherings of all kinds. I had been preparing for this weekend
for months, collecting fabric and bric-brac to transform the space, as well as
gathering materials and supplies for all of the workshops, ceremonies and other
at the very last moment I was unable to attend, as my father-out-of-law died
and I needed to be home. But the show did on, as it were. My right/left hand
huge-hearted associate, Cookie, packed up my car with everything and drove, like
Wonder Woman, to the camp to save the day.
was met there by two terrific Queen allies, Chrys Countryman of Shokan, NY and
Tracey Baum-Wicks from Syracuse, NY. Both women had participated in many Queen
circles and ceremonies with me over the years and they made sure that at least
some of the Queen programming happened. Did they ever!
is an extremely organized logistics person. She arranged schedules and
organized spaces and worked with Cookie to facilitate all activities. Tracey is
a sensual person and whipped that ugly empty gym into a luscious, voluptuous
wonderland fit for Queens. And Cookie is a marvel, a passionate force of nature who
pushes through obstacles and perseveres till whatever it is gets done. What a
dream Queen Team!
never thank these three enough for stepping in and stepping up in my stead.
- Queen Mama Donna The Queen's Court
Photos by Janice "Cookie" Pemberton
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more women rise to reign in the fullest potential of our supremacy, we
will harness our purpose, passion, and power and direct it toward
creating a more balanced and peaceful world. This is the legacy of Her
into Your Crowning Achievement!